Of all of the live-action movie adaptations that Disney has put out recently, I haven’t really been a huge fan of either of them. I mean BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was nearly a shot for shot adaptation that was just insulting to moviegoers. “Here ya go folks, it’s the exact same thing you had when you were a kid, except it’s acceptable for you to watch it now as an adult because it’s live-action!” Eat shit, Disney. (Or whoever was responsible for that decision.) That’s just insulting to both Disney and animation fans. The original Belle voice actress didn’t need auto-tuner! I say this as someone who grew up with the animated BEAUTY AND THE BEAST movie as a long-time favorite. I was even collecting the special Christmas BEAUTY AND THE BEAST comics out of the newspaper as it they came out in the early 90s!
Anyways, it seems that rising “rockstar” Jordan Peele of GET OUT has “reportedly” pitched a live-action adaptation of GARGOYLES. Well, it is isn’t a movie we have had before, but a whole TV series. I am actually pretty into this idea. GARGOYLES was a pretty intense show, and oh man. You ever go back and look at old 80s or 90s cartoons and realize just how much better the animation was compared to modern cartoon series? I snagged a scary clip from the show off youtube so you guys can see what I mean.
Slashfilms reports that Disney gave Peele a passive “no” on the pitch. According to The Ankler, writer Richard Rushfield reports that Peele “walk[ed] in and says he wants to do a new version of Gargoyles.”
“How do you turn down Jordan Peele? Well, you can’t. Who wants to be responsible for that decision? So in the absence of a good reason to say no, but prevented by their Big IP box from saying yes, Disney is slow walking the decision. It’s hoping, it seems, that they’ll run out the clock, he’ll sign other deals elsewhere, and the project will just fade away.”
Jesus the people running that company sound like a bunch of cowardly manchildren who can’t say “no”. Apparently Peele’s take on GARGOYLES doesn’t fit in exactly with the kind of movies that Disney wants to produce. So they’re just sitting on their hands on the idea, waiting for Peele to move onto something else.
I say keep at it, Peele! This could be amazing! Or… A movie frozen in stone by a magic spell for a thousand years.